Doncaster Rovers: O’Driscoll fights back - but Ryan refuses war of words

Angry: Sean O'Driscoll has hit out at the way Rovers handled his sacking.
Angry: Sean O'Driscoll has hit out at the way Rovers handled his sacking.

JOHN Ryan is refusing to get into a war of words with former Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll.

O’Driscoll broke his silence on his sacking this week - 18 months on from departing Doncaster - by stating he was “treated abysmally” by Rovers in the aftermath of his dismissal.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, O’Driscoll criticised Rovers for their part in a five-month long wrangle over compensation terms.

Ryan declined the opportunity to respond to O’Driscoll’s comments when contacted by The Star.

Bristol City boss O’Driscoll, who has since had spells at Crawley Town and Nottingham Forest, guided Doncaster to the Championship and also a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win during an eventful five-year reign.

His exit from the Keepmoat Stadium in September 2011, when Rovers chose to replace him with Dean Saunders and employ agent Willie McKay as a club consultant, hit him particularly hard.

O’Driscoll was also deeply upset about the way he perceived his dismissal was portrayed by Doncaster.

But, aside from a League Manager’s Association statement, he kept his counsel on the matter - until this week.

O’Driscoll said: “I spent five years at Doncaster and got treated abysmally.

“I got them into the Championship, won their first trophy and kept them in the division for three years.

“They have a right to change the manager, but they should honour the contract. I did. I could have gone to a Premier club and other clubs.

“Then they decide to change the manager and I had to fight five months for them to honour my contract, which was a disgraceful way to treat me.”